lately i’ve been…(xii)

It has been a long time (2 months!) since my last lately i’ve been… post. So we have a lot to catch up on. I’ve been…

buying spin shoes. It only took me oh, 7 months of consistent spinning to finally do it and they make such a wonderful difference. They are also ugly.

 watching the debates! You?

tasting California Cabernet at Silverlake Wine. I love their low-key wine tastings (every Monday and Thursday) and considering that Cabernet is my favorite varietal, and I’m a resident of California – I kind of had to go.

following wine tastings with an amazing dinner of cheap Mexican food and finally trying papusas. In my dream life, every Monday and Thursday I would go to Silverlake Wine for tastings and then to Maya’s for cheap Mexican food.

extra busy at work. It is a good kind of busy and exciting!

having so much fun with newish site learni.st! It is a way to share what you know and learn what you don’t! I’ve been busy building boards related to health/nutrition/food and I’ve been loving learning about more about politics, education (and how the internet shapes classrooms) and the latest in technology.

celebrating Richie’s Birthday (today!) with beer-braised short ribs + bacon & smoked gouda mashed potatoes last weekend and tonight with dinner out!

working on a new look for anutritionisteats.com – coming soon!

What have you been up to lately? Fill me in! 

daily eats: 9.26.12

What a wonderful day yesterday was –Ihad the day off in observance of Yom Kippur. Even though I’mnot Jewish,the organization that I work for is and I’mfortunate enough to get a few extra days off this fall. It was so nice to have a slower day to catch up on errands,take a mid-morning yoga class and get a mani/pedi($28!) .

Breakfast: Ok,this is CRAZY but I had seen it a few times online and was so intrigued,I needed to try it. “Bulletproof Coffee”isa blended mix of coffee,butter(grass-fed) and coconut oil. You are supposed to use “mold-free”coffeebeans,but I used my regular,old coffee beans from Trader Joe’s. Blended together,it creates a frothy latte-like drink. It was wonderful and I want to drink it every day. :) Obviously it is mainly fat, which my body does very well on but I’m not sure if it would be enough substance for normal days. On the weekends when I tend to eat more of a “brunch” meal than breakfast it just might work…

 

Workout: 75 minute yoga class. I initially wasn’t a huge fan of the yoga classes offered at the spinning/yoga studio that I belong to, but I think it might have been because they push me in ways that I’m not used to. I grew accustomed to the classes I used to take and now I’m forced into practicing headstands/handstands (which I don’t love), but know I should be doing. :) That was a really long way to say, I really enjoyed the class and I’ll be making more of an effort to get there on a regular basis.

Lunch: greens + olive oil + smoked trout salad (3 oz smoked trout + mayo + raw sauerkraut) + carrots. I’ve had two cans of smoked trout in the cupboard for months and finally decided to try it out. I’ve always been a little nervous for some reason, but it was a great change from tuna and I’m sure I’ll use that next can soon!

Evening Snack: olives + salami + raw gouda + red wine with a side of computer work and The Real Housewives (favorite guilty pleasure).

 

Dinner: chicken breast + spaghetti squash + green beans. Earlier today I saw a tweet from my local Whole Foods that they were having a 1-day sale on whole chickens for $.99/pound. Since  I’ve been obsessed with cooking whole chickens lately, I stocked up and bought one to freeze and had the butchers cut up the other one for meals for the next few days. I ate about 2/3 of the chicken breast and saved the rest for lunch.

I finished off the evening with 3 dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I. am. addicted.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

top 5 convenience vegetables

 

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There were so many things I learned through the #SNAP4aWeek Challenge, but one was that it is so much easier to fit in vegetables when you can buy them washed and ready to eat. Certainly not all vegetables take a long time to clean or prepare, but having a bag of cleaned greens in the fridge means I have absolutely no reason to not eat them for lunch. Having a bag of baby carrots means I have no reason to eat saltines instead of carrots.

It’s definitely something I take for granted.

Here are my favorite convenience vegetables that make fitting in fresh produce SO easy!

  • washed lettuce, salad mix, greens, etc.
  • baby carrots – I actually prefer to peel and cut my own, and I often do, but if I’m short on time, baby carrots do the trick!
  • frozen vegetables – typically they just need a quick saute (green beans are my favorite)
  • bag of washed  broccoli or cauliflower florets, green beans, etc. – you can steam them in the bag, toss them in oil and roast or saute with other vegetables
  • asparagus – a quick rinse and snap of the ends make asparagus on the speedy side

What convenient vegetables do you rely on?

tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

If you have a garden (or visit the farmers market) you’ve got to have a ton of tomatoes. Right? In addition to having a dog, part of our house-sitting duties were eating the food from the garden! Turns out, that is a very fun chore.

We had a drawer full of tomatoes and they needed to be eaten. Besides throwing them in salads, using them in summer crostini’s and roasting them I was kind of running out of ideas.

So like anyone, I turned to the internet for some tomato inspiration. Here are some of the favorite recipes I found…

 

market salad with goat cheese and champagne-shallot vinaigrette *photo credit

tomato-basil sauce with polenta

fresh corn and avocado salsa

heirloom tomato bloody mary

fresh tomato soup

white bean, garlic, and tomato salsa

garlic-basil grilled chicken with caprese salsa

canned heirloom tomatoes *photo credit

creole tomato salad

mozzarella and tomato sauce omelet

slow-braised tomatoes 

tomato, onion & gruyere bake

If you’ve got a favorite tomato recipe, please share below! 

PS. While we are on the topic of tomatoes…go read this post about fairly harvested tomatoes and send a message to grocery store chains demanding slave-free tomatoes. (It takes seconds!)